RESUME

Professional ​
Experience​​

e3 Civic High

Chief Impact Officer/Principal (September 2018-Present)

Chief of Academic Innovation (February 2016-September 2018)

  • Develop and implement a plan for 2030 education

  • Develop programs and professional development with learning

    facilitators (teachers)

  • Create a data management warehouse to personalize learning

  • Work with entire team to use technology at the redefinition level

  • Create learning facilitator expert learning teams

  • Create learning facilitator Design Thinking teams

  • Provide professional development in design thinking and cultural

    proficiency

  • Develop a system for professional growth including new growth plan aligned to expert learning community groups and lesson planning suite

  • Supervise and evaluate all staff on the academic side of the organization

  • Train and mentor next generation of the leadership team​

Educational Leadership Department, San Diego State University

Professor (2007-Present)

  • Director of the Ed Leadership Collaborative MA Online Program (with a focus on technology)

  • Director of the Chinese and American Educational Leadership Symposium

  • Research in high performing schools, Chinese educational system, 21st century learning environments, and shared leadership

  • Design and teach doctorate and masters level courses

  • Chair dissertation committees

PRINCIPAL (2006-2007)

Capri Elementary School, Encinitas

  • Worked with teachers to significantly increase student test scores

  • Collaborated with staff and parents to overhaul vision and goals

  • Collaborated with staff and district on education technology expansion

PRINCIPAL/LEADERSHIP COACH (2003-2016)

Lakeside Union School District 2008-2015

  • Compton Unified School District 2008-2014

  • San Diego Unified School District 2007- 2009

  • West Contra Costa Unified School District 2003-2008

  • Principal/vice principal k-12 trainer in instructional practices

  • Design Thinking Site/District Trainer

  • Cultural Competence Trainer and Coach

 

Long Beach Unified School District (1998-2003)

DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC INITIATIVES

  • Supervised and coached principals of the lowest-performing elementary – high schools

  • Developed academic initiatives for K-12 grade students

PRINCIPAL
Jane Addams School, Long Beach Unified School District

  • 1200 student (95% free/reduced lunch) multi-track year-round school

  • SAT9 scores increased over 100% and 216 API points in 3 years

  • Recipient of the Governor’s Performance Program and District STAR Awards

  • Literacy Demonstration Site for the Los Angeles County Office of Education

 

PRINCIPAL (1996-1998)

Pasadena Unified School District

 

VICE PRINCIPAL K-8 (1995-1996)

Long Beach Unified School District

DEAN OF STUDENTS (1993-1995)
Dana Junior High School, Los Angeles Unified School District

 

MATH TEACHER (1989-1995)
Dana Junior High School, Los Angeles Unified School District

 

MATH/SCIENCE COORDINATOR (1991-1994)
California State University, Long Beach Upward Bound Program (Part Time)

 

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

SOFTWARE ENGINEER (1988-1990)
Hughes Aircraft Company

  • Designed software for Navy submarine tracking systems

 

QUALITY ASSURANCE SOFTWARE ENGINEER (1984-1988)
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Interfaced specifications and requirements documents for the Venus Magellan Mission Operations Project

Education

The University of Southern California (USC)

Ed.D. Policy, Planning and Administration

California State University, Dominguez Hills
MA Education Curriculum

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

B.S. Applied Mathematics

Honors

2013

College of Education Outstanding Faculty Award

 

2012
Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding

Educator Nominee

 

2010

College of Education Outstanding Faculty Award

2000-2010

California Dept. of Ed Content Standards for English, Language Arts Review Panel Member

 

2002

Literacy Demonstration Site for the Los Angeles County Office of Education

 

2001
National Recognition from the Educational Testing Services for Outstanding Leadership in Literacy

 

2001

Governor’s Academic Performance Award

 

2000
Long Beach Unified School District STAR Schools’ Award

 

2000
California State University Dominguez Hills Excellence in Education Award

 

2000

Governor’s Academic Performance Award

 

1999

Governor’s Academic Performance Award

 

1999
Long Beach Unified School District STAR Schools’ Award

 

1997
University of Southern California Meritorious Award for Dissertation of the Year

 

1996
University of Southern California Presidential Fellow

 

1992
City of Carson Outstanding Student Recognition Award

 

1992
Who’s Who among Students in American Universities

Skills

Educational Leadership

 

Leadership Development

 

Curriculum Development

 

Educational Technology

 

Instructional Design

 

Program Management

 

Staff Development

 

Higher Education

 

Teacher Training

 

Coaching

 

Public Speaking

 

Grant Writing

 
Publications

BOOK

James-Ward, C. Fisher, D., Frey, N., and Lapp, D. (2013,). Using Data to Focus Instructional Improvement. Alexandria, VI: ASCD.

 

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

James-Ward (Nov/Dec 2017).  Using Soft Data for Student Achievement. Association of California School Administrators Leadership Magazine.

 

James-Ward, C, Abuyen, J. (August, 2015). McREL leadership responsibilities through the lens of data: The critical nine.  Journal of Global Education Review.

 

James-Ward, C., with  Gallegos-Butters, A., Ottinger G., & Cisneros, U. (2015, January/February). Preparing teachers to facilitate the learning of digital natives. Association of California School Administrators, Leadership, Extra: Exclusive Online Articles.

 

James-Ward, C. (Nov/Dec. 2014).  Unearthing root causes through soft data. Association of California School Administrators, Leadership online Magazine.

 

James-Ward, C. (June 2013). The coaching experience of four novice principals.  International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching Education.

 

James-Ward, C. (2013, March). Addressing stereotypes by moving along the cultural proficiency continuum. Voices in the Middle.

 

James-Ward, C.  (2013, January) Why Leadership Matters: The success story of one school. The CAPEA (California Association of Professors of Education Administration) Journal Vol 4, 62-74.

 

James-Ward, C., Frey, N., & Fisher, D. (2012, October).  Root cause analysis. Principal Leadership, 13(2), 59-61.

 

James-Ward, C. (2011, Summer). Providing Doctoral Students in the San Diego State University Educational Leadership Program with a Global Experience. The UCEA Review, 52(2), 19.

 

James-Ward, C, & Potter-Salcedo, N.  (2011, Spring). The Coaching experience of sixteen elementary principals. Journal of School Public Relations, 32(2), 122 -144.

 

Perez, L., Uline, C., Johnson, J., James-Ward, C., and Basom, M. (2011, February). Foregrounding fieldwork: Preparing successful school leaders through data-driven inquiry and coursework aimed at improving student achievement. Educational Administration Quarterly, 47(1),217-257

 

James-Ward, C (2011).  The Development of an infrastructure for a model of caching principals. The International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation. 6 (1). ISSN 2155-9635

 

James-Ward, C. (2009).  Implementing success against all odds: A lesson from three historically underperforming schools. National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, Education Leadership Review Journal, 10(2).

James-Ward, C (2009). What every educator should know about No Child Left Behind and the definition of proficient. National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, Education Leadership Review Journal, 10 (1), 57-66. 

 

James-Ward, C (2008). No Child Left Behind and the definition of proficient: What should school leaders in California know about the definition of proficient? California Association of Professors of Education Administration Journal.

 

PRESENTATIONS AT PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES

James-Ward, C & Griffith H. (September 2017). Using Design Thinking to Address Human Rights. Presented at the H.E.R. Summit 2017, Los Angeles, CA.

 

James-Ward, C (2016, January). Being Culturally Proficient in a Global World. Presented at Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, China.

 

James-Ward, C. (2014, October). Using Data to Focus Instructional Improvement. Presented at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) State Conference, Chicago, IL.

 

James-Ward, C. (2014, March). Using Data to Focus Instructional Improvement. Presented at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) National Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

 

James-Ward, C. (2013, October). Using Data to Focus Instructional Improvement. Presented at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) State Conference, Perdido Beach, AL.

 

James-Ward, C. (2011). Why Leadership Matters: Willard School’s Journey to Success.  Presented at the California Association of Professors of Education Administration, Fall Conference, Leading for Equity and Excellence in Leadership Preparation, San Diego, California

 

James-Ward, C. (2011). Providing the San Diego State University Doctoral Students with a Global Experience at Home; The SDSU, Department of Educational Leadership, Summer Chinese and American Educational Leadership Symposium. Presented at the California Association of Professors of Education Administration, Spring Conference, Advocating for Leadership and Learning, Sacramento, California

 

James-Ward, C. & Potter-Salcedo, N. (2010). The Impact of Site Leadership on Instructional Coaches through the Lens of a Math Model. Paper presented at the National Association of Secondary School Administrators (NASSP) Annual Conference, Unleash the Extraordinary, Phoenix, AZ

 

James-Ward (2010). The Impact of a Math Coach on Four Historically Underperforming Schools. Paper presented at the California Association of Professors of Education Administration, Spring Conference, Illuminating the Path: Challenges and Opportunities for Our Profession, Sacramento, CA

 

James-Ward, C (2009). The Impact of Leadership Coaching on Principals’ Beliefs and Actions. Presented at the California Association of Professors of Education Administration, Fall Conference, What Leaders Need to Know, Los Angeles, CA

Contact

CJ4SDBoard@gmail.com

(760) 695-4146

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